Redknapp fury over red card

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp was furious after blaming the sending off of Wilson Palacios for his side’s 2-1 reverse to Blackburn.

Redknapp was incensed at the decision by referee Peter Walton to dismiss the midfielder in the 80th minute, opening the door for late goals from Benni McCarthy and Andre Ooijer to overturn Robbie Keane’s first-half penalty.

“I’ve got to say the referee made a big mistake sending Wilson off,” Redknapp told Sky Sports 1.

“We’d dominated the game and I couldn’t see them scoring a goal if they’d played all night when we had 11.

“But to lose a midfield player who had probably been our biggest player today gave them a massive lift. From a game we had complete control of we’ve come away with nothing...unbelievable.

“Wilson made no contact at all with David Dunn and I think he was embarrassed because he got up and shook Wilson’s hand. But the crowd started shouting and he’s decided to send him off.”

Rovers manager Sam Allardyce was impressed with his team’s battling qualities after being forced to press defender Chris Samba into a makeshift role up front following an injury to Jason Roberts.

“It was desire, a bit of determination, overcoming adversity, never giving up, never saying die – which I don’t think we’ve done since I’ve been here.

“It probably was one of our lesser performances but that doesn’t matter; it’s all about results.

“We’ve nicked a win and we’re very happy.”

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